Cheating includes but is not limited to dishonest or attempted dishonest conduct during tests or examinations in which use is made of books, notes, diagrams or other aids excluding those authorized by the examiner. It includes communicating with others for the purpose of obtaining information, copying from the work of others and purposely exposing or conveying information to other students who are taking the test or examination.
College instructors have a responsibility to define cheating and clearly outline their expectations regarding student work, either at the beginning of the course or on the course outline. If an instructor has discovered a student cheating, or suspects a student is cheating, he/she should adhere to the following procedures:
If an instructor has determined that a student is cheating, the instructor shall:
Obtain evidence of cheating.
Inform the student that he/she has been observed cheating.
Obtain the student's name.
In the event of the incident occurring during an examination, immediately collect all of the material on the student's desk and dismiss the student taking care to minimize any disruption. Document the incident in writing, providing a detailed set of observations. This should be done as soon as possible. Report the incident to the program dean as soon as possible. In the event of the incident occurring at the Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm campuses, the regional dean shall be notified. If an instructor suspects but cannot prove that the student is cheating, the instructor shall:
Inform the student that he/she is suspected of cheating. The student should be given an opportunity to provide an explanation.
In the event of a suspected incident of cheating occurring during class or during an examination, move the student to another desk if possible, or to the invigilator's desk if necessary.
Document the incident in writing as soon as possible.
Report the incident to the program dean as soon as possible. In the event of the incident occurring at the Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm campuses, the regional dean shall also be notified.
In both circumstances listed above, it is important that there be a minimum of disruption. If the student disputes the instructor's action, discussion should take place outside of the classroom. If available, the dean, regional dean or department chair may be called upon to mediate the dispute. An appropriate course of action will be determined by the dean in consultation with the instructor.
Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work or ideas without proper or complete acknowledgement.
"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, failure to indicate the source with quotation marks or footnotes where appropriate if any of the following are reproduced in the work submitted by a student:
A written phrase
A graphic element
An idea derived from the work, published or unpublished, of another person."
Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Academic Disciplinary Actions Overview http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Cheating.html (originally issued 6/16/80, revised 1990)
The instructor shall determine whether the plagiarism is intentional or unintentional according to the following definitions:
Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate presentation of another's work or ideas as one's own.
Unintentional plagiarism is the inadvertent presentation of another's work or ideas without proper acknowledgement because of poor or inadequate practices. Unintentional plagiarism is a failure of scholarship; intentional plagiarism is an act of deceit.
The primary purpose of these policies and procedures is to prevent plagiarism by increasing awareness both of the meaning of plagiarism and of the penalties for committing plagiarism.
Okanagan College faculty have a responsibility to explain plagiarism and its implications for work in their course. All course outlines must contain a statement as to what constitutes plagiarism.
Students are responsible for learning and applying the proper scholarly practices for acknowledging the work and ideas of others. Students who are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism should refer to the UBC publication Plagiarism Avoided: Taking Responsibility for your Work. This guide is available through the College bookstores or online.
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